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Opened originally in 1877, Whitley and Eggborough Community Primary School was extensively rebuilt in the early 1970s and was further extended in 2011. It has a pleasing open aspect to the rear of the buildings, looking over farm and woodland. We have our own open space and woodland, which we enjoy and use as an integral part of our curriculum work. The school has a good range of facilities indoors, including spacious classrooms, a school hall and dining room and an onsite breakfast and afterschool club. The school serves the villages of Whitley, Whitley Bridge and Eggborough and the surrounding area (with pupils currently attending from the villages of Beal, Brayton, Hensall, Kellington, Askern and Snaith). There is a good deal of house building in the area and so it is likely that the school will need to expand. We are fortunate in this regard as we have additional, unused rooms that can be utilised as demand grows.


There are currently 224 children in school (aged from 4 to 11) though this is likely to be higher by September 2017. There are 7 classes across the stages from Early Years to Year 6 with four of these mixed age within the key stage. The atmosphere within the school is incredibly friendly and welcoming. The children are confident, communicative, polite, well- mannered and are at ease when talking with adults.


The school operates an innovative research curriculum – Mission Possible – which sees Maths and English being taught in the morning and collaborative working around specific topics and themes in the afternoon.

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We are part of School Direct which sees students from Hull and Leeds Beckett Universities spending a year in the school to qualify as teachers. We have a healthy CPD budget and are proud to say that those staff that leave us generally do so to gain promotion.


Academically, pupils generally do well and leave the school secondary ready. At Key Stage 2, the emerging trends from 2017 data (released 4.7.2017 but not yet validated) seems to be higher than the national averages in all cases.


Reading         77%        
Writing 74%
EGPS 84%
Maths 77%

Situated on the rather aptly named Learning Lane, in the village of Whitley, the school sits on the boarder of North and East Yorkshire close to J34 of the M62 motorway, on the A19 eight miles south of Selby. Due to its location, Whitley benefits from easy access to Leeds, Bradford, York, Hull, Wakefield and Doncaster as well as the rest of the Motorway network. There is also a local railway station at Whitley Bridge.


Culture/vision, ethos and values 

We encourage a strong learning culture based on mutual care and respect and underpinned by a vibrant curriculum and collaborative learning for both staff and pupils` that encourages pupils to work together to achieve. We also have a Caring Helping and Sharing (CHAS) ethos linked to charity work. We are an inclusive school where staff actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils. We welcome and celebrate diversity.


Our Aims

We believe the key to successful learning is to work in partnership with parents and the community to provide a happy, safe, secure environment in which all children are encouraged to work towards their individual potential.

Our vision is for all members of the school community to work together to develop happy, confident and enthusiastic children who thrive in a stimulating and exciting environment – an environment where there is mutual respect so that each child develops a life-long love of learning.


We aim to:

  • Deliver high quality teaching that enthuses and inspires all children.

  • Provide a safe, stimulating and caring environment where children feel happy and can achieve their full potential.

  • Encourage independence and teach the children to be co-operative, respectful, caring and honest individuals who have questioning, enquiring minds and take responsibility for their own actions.

  • Encourage self- expression, where children help to influence the direction of given aspects of the school.

  • Value the contribution of each and every member of the school community encouraging self-discipline and mutual respect.

  • Aspire to personal excellence and achievement for all.



Overall, our commitment to our staff is to seek out, grow and develop ambitious leaders, providing outstanding and continuous Professional Learning opportunities for all. Strong leadership structures ensure that all staff are well supported whilst setting clear expectations for all to follow.


Currently, the senior leadership team comprises a Headteacher, Deputy and a School Business Manager. The Deputy has been in post for a year but the Business Manager is very well established adding a good deal of stability to the SLT.


We have a good number of teaching assistants (supporting students’ with a range of needs) and a highly effective administration & finance team.


We are proud of our commitment to CPD which contributes to the professional development of our staff and, through that, better teaching throughout the school. Our on-going commitment in taking School Direct students brings a regular young dynamic to the school.   


Our strengths

We believe in our school and are proud of its strengths, some of which are listed below:

  • Dynamic curriculum which is unique to the school

  • Recent inspection affirming GOOD outcome

  • Single form entry

  • EYFS

  • Staff who are positive and dedicated

  • Grounds and location

  • Commuter area

  • Growth school – many local housing developments

  • RAISE – (networking with local primaries)

  • School Direct with Hull and Leeds Beckett Universities

  • Links with local secondary schools

  • Balanced budget position

  • Committed governors

  • Behaviour & positive environment


From Ofsted Report

  • Good teaching enthuses pupils about learning and a lively curriculum sparks their curiosity.

  • Senior leaders have established a strong ethos of care, respect and cooperation. Staff and pupils work in a happy and harmonious way.

  • Teaching assistants and learning support staff make a valuable contribution to pupils’ learning and emotional well-being.



As with all schools, there are areas we need to improve. These are:

  • Emerging priorities – stabilising staff through period of change

  • Data – continued drive for improvement


From Ofsted Report

Areas to improve:

  • Improve the quality of pupils’ writing by:
    • ensuring that teachers identify basic spelling, grammar and punctuation errors in written work so that these are avoided in future

    • setting high expectations in the way that pupils present written work

    • providing a rigorous approach to the teaching and application of handwriting.

  • Further accelerate pupils’ progress across a range of subjects by:
    • checking that teaching and learning tasks systematically build and draw upon pupils’ previous knowledge and skills

    • making sure that expectations of the most able are consistently high and that they are moved on to harder work as soon as they are ready.


Finance & Budgets

There are no real issues with finance for the forthcoming 2 years apart from the overall tightness of all educational budgets and the need to maintain budgetary discipline amidst tight funding constraints. As ever, the Headteacher will need to ensure full oversight to ensure that controls remain in place.



We are a popular and successful school. However, we need to build on our successes.


In the short term, we are keen to see an effective transition for the new Headteacher and to continue to develop, inspire and motivate effective teams in order to continue to raise standards across the school.  We are proud of the positives recognised by Ofsted and are keen to continue the work taking place to address the key areas for improvement.


In the longer term, the Headteacher will need to oversee the continued development of the research /evidence based curriculum, ensuring innovation in teaching and learning and strengthening the learning culture. Further, there is a need to raise expectations throughout the school to ensure that all pupils make the best possible progress over time.


We are also keen to collaborate with other schools in the area and continue to consider any appropriate opportunities for academisation.


Clearly, there will be change and challenges to embrace but we feel we are very well placed to build on our successes. The new Headteacher must be able to see these challenges and positively embrace change while driving improvement. This will require a positive, determined, clear and focused mind-set and the ability to ‘bring staff with you’.


Wider Community

We have good relationships with stakeholders and we continue to project a positive view. Our PTA is very active and ‘fantastic’ at raising funds and supporting the school. We are also involved in community activities and would like this to continue and develop. The governing  body comprises a good mix of Parent and co-opted governors.


Our relationship with the Local Authority is positive with strong, open links. In addition, we are keen to maintain and develop our links with the following:  

•           RAISE Alliance

•           Networks with a range of schools including cross-border links

•           School direct with Hull and Leeds Beckett Universities

•           Work with the various nurseries and other schools in the area – outward looking.


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